WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri January 11, 2013
Kentucky Legislative Leaders Undecided On Whether to Delay Redistricting in Kentucky
Kentucky legislative leaders say they haven't responded yet to Gov. Steve Beshear’s request to delay General Assembly redistricting in the 2013 session.
Senate President Robert Stivers says his leadership team has not yet decided on a response and that many in his chamber are conflicted on when to address redistricting.
“And we all have varying opinions on what needs to be done and when it needs to be done and one thing I don’t think we need to do is a special session,” he says.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he’d like to get the issue out of the way, but will work with Stivers and the governor on a resolution during the legislature’s upcoming two week break.
“We’ll have to work on that during the interim and see if we can come with a plan," he said.
"If we can, we can. If we can’t, we can’t."
Daviess County Rep. Tommy Thompson told WKU Public Radio he hopes lawmakers tackle redistricting this year, instead of putting it off until 2014, when legislators would be up for election.
Lawmakers must redraw their districts by the 2014 elections, after the Kentucky Supreme Court last year declared previously approved maps unconstitutional.